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What colour is your living room?

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bryte Mon 21-Jan-13 14:12:27

I need some inspiration. It's a 30s house with highish ceilings and a picture rail and coving. It's currently the colour of paint (patches of pink) that was under the vile wallpaper we peeled off about a year as we thought we would be decorating earlier and the wallpaper was that bad it had to go straight away. The room needed work before it was in a re-decorating state. It now is.

I'd like to go bolder than neutrals. What colour is yours?

Thumbwitch Mon 21-Jan-13 14:17:07

My current living room is a mild gold colour, with dark green woodwork and a terracotta chimney breast (sounds awful written down!) with pine floors. I like it. smile

The last one I had was a small Edwardian semi-detached house in the UK, with terracotta tiles on the outside and all the woodwork inside was stained mahogany - windowframes, doors, skirting boards, dado rails, mantelpiece etc. I painted that living room British racing green on all walls apart from the alcoves either side of the chimney breast - those were claret. to match the curtains. And then I block-dotted gold acrylic paint over the whole lot, had a gold carpet and barley white ceiling. As I had an open fire, it was extremely warming and cozy.

Thumbwitch Mon 21-Jan-13 14:19:04

Oh yes, my current ceiling and frieze (between picture rail and ceiling, and we have 10' ceilings) is Dulux Berkshire white.

GinAndSlimlinePlease Mon 21-Jan-13 14:21:49

Bright white and a blue grey in the alcoves.

weegiemum Mon 21-Jan-13 14:24:20

Our living room is painted in a mushroomy-grey colour, right through to the diner, with a lighter colour on the arch. Dark brown sofas, cushions, curtains.

Upstairs we're colour central, but I like a more muted lounge.

KatoPotato Mon 21-Jan-13 14:28:01

We've just repainted our curved fireplace wall in Scrumptious by Crown. It's a lovely rich raspberry colour!

wewereherefirst Mon 21-Jan-13 14:29:32

We have a 1930's house, minus the original features and our front room is stone (grey-white) with yellow in the alcoves.
I would have loved a dove grey but DH is scared of anything other than neutrals

peachypips Mon 21-Jan-13 14:32:42

'Oak Apple' by Fired Earth.

bangersmashandbeans Mon 21-Jan-13 14:37:22

Elephants Breath by Farrow and Bakl

lulabelleg Mon 21-Jan-13 14:37:35

Dove Grey by Homebase. Very strong Grey with hint of blue- I've mixed it with a lot of duck egg accessories which I already had but they're a bit too close. i love the colour though. Had Farrow and Ball stone blue in last house on chimney breast which is very nice colour.

BackforGood Mon 21-Jan-13 14:41:06

Ours is called 'Toffee Cream' but I'd say it was a yellowy colour - not as dazzlingly bright as some yellows can be though.

RooneyMara Mon 21-Jan-13 14:41:25

depends on the aspect I think - if sunny, go for something cooler, if it's dark then go for warm colours.

Last house was yellow ochre, it was sort of a cottage so it worked quite well. And a pink kitchen!

this house it's more elegant in style so the walls are 'pale walnut' I think it's called. But everything else is bright/rich colours - red sofa, various colour cushions, red Indian carpet, dark floor boards. Deep pink velvet curtains smile

myron Mon 21-Jan-13 15:04:02

F&B's Blue Grey which actually is more green on my walls but I like it.

fatnfrumpy Mon 21-Jan-13 15:04:09

Mine is Dawn blue from B&Q but before that was sunlight yellow.
Very light south facing room with bi-fold doors.
In all our rentals we have painted Jasmine white, creamy white in all reception rooms and sunlight yellow in some light bedrooms.

Francagoestohollywood Mon 21-Jan-13 15:10:13

A pale grey with a hint of blue, maybe. I like cold colours.

bryte Mon 21-Jan-13 15:13:49

I think I would like a blue shade. Something that is not too dark and not too light but a lot of mid-blues are too bedroom-like or cold or bright and nauseating. does a light teal exist that is not nauseating? Or a warm mid-blue?

The sofas are dark brown. Above the picture rail will be white. I haven't chosen curtains yet. The rest of our house is quite bright and gets lots of sunlight. We have a second reception room like that. I don't mind the living room being darker; I'd quite like it to feel cosy too.

Francagoestohollywood Mon 21-Jan-13 15:19:26

Oh yes, blues are very much fashionable in living rooms! Just be bold!!!

Thumbwitch Mon 21-Jan-13 15:23:19

maybe the water blue?

NigellaPleaseComeDineWithMe Mon 21-Jan-13 15:26:43

Front room and the interconnecting music room are the same blue - an F&B but can't tell you which right now!! The ceiling and paint work is the James white F&B. Door panels are in the same blue. Have a very large silver over mantle mirror too. Front room faces south so quite sunny.

Music room has Laura Ashley wallpaper where the blue almost matches the blue paint on one feature wall. Back room has lower ceiling and faces the garden and is teamed with black piano and soon a black chesterfield. That room has curtains to match the paper. Front room have no curtains just white slatted blinds.

Has been blue for a few years, before that a slightly darker Dulux heritage blue but quite similar in many ways!

dischordant Mon 21-Jan-13 15:30:20

Dulux Egyptian Cotton, I only have this and white in my whole house.

SelfconfessedSpoonyFucker Mon 21-Jan-13 15:39:31

Thumbwitch, ours is pale gold with sage green woodwork and trim, we are the lite version of you! Our ceilings are slightly off white.

Our kitchen/diner (all open plan with the living room) is duck egg blue.

wfrances Mon 21-Jan-13 16:41:25

f&b shaded white which is grey/green in my room.
f&b all white woodwork and ceiling/above picture rail.

MandaHugNKiss Mon 21-Jan-13 18:42:04

Currently renovating and living room is almost finished... it's dulux egyptian cotton diamond with trade white eggshell on all the woodwork (and there's a lot of wood...). Also some white on white kimono wallpaper (laura ashley). It's a very calm room. There are a few snaps on my profile although as I say, kinda 'work in progress'`

I love the idea of colour but when it comes to it, my heart is with neutrals <boring> <uh, I mean, classic>

ggirl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:50:48

We are about to paint living room a duck egg blue with white woodwork

I have been agonising over the right blue and think we have settled on F&B powder inspired by this photo and it's a very light room
blue room

ggirl Mon 21-Jan-13 18:52:57

sorry that link is to my pinterest'snot letting me link to photo

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